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A dog relaxing in his dog pen in the kitchen. Credit: IRIS USA, Inc.

The Best Dog Pens of 2022

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A dog relaxing in his dog pen in the kitchen. Credit: IRIS USA, Inc.

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Product image of Iris 34-Inch Exercise 8-Panel Pet Playpen

Iris 34-Inch Exercise 8-Panel Pet Playpen

Much like a child’s playpen, the Iris is made of commercial-grade plastic with eight interlocking panels secured with full-length connecting rods. Read More

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Convertible

Cons

  • Door is very small
  • One size only
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MidWest Foldable Metal Dog Exercise Pen

Available in five different heights, MidWest’s dog pen offers 16 square feet of enclosed space. Read More

Pros

  • Option for built-in door
  • Extra large

Cons

  • Some report sharp edges
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FXW Outdoor Dog Playpen

The option to expand the FXW from eight to a whopping 16 panels makes this a great option for yards of any size. Read More

Pros

  • Good for dogs of all sizes
  • Can adjust from 81 to 729 sq ft

Cons

  • A bit pricey
Product image of EliteField 2-Door Soft Pet Playpen

EliteField 2-Door Soft Pet Playpen

This one folds down from its full size into an easy-to-carry bag, making it a breeze to store or pack for a weekend trip. Read More

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact for travel
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • May tip because it’s one piece
  • Some have had zipper issues
Product image of Lucky Dog Uptown Outdoor Dog Kennel Playpen

Lucky Dog Uptown Outdoor Dog Kennel Playpen

The Lucky Dog offers a heavy-duty outdoor kennel with a UV-resistant, waterproof cover to protect your pooch from the elements. Read More

Pros

  • Heavy duty
  • Protective cover

Cons

  • No anchors included

Dog pens are a great way to introduce a new furry family member into your home without the worry that they’ll get into trouble the minute you take your eyes off them. Finding the right dog pen all depends on your and your dog’s needs. A place for dogs to feel safe, or a place where they’ll be sure to stay out of messes—there are a lot of different options to choose from.

Taking size, ease of setup, and whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor solution into consideration, we looked at some of the top-rated dog pens and user reviews for different options. Whether you’re a new pet parent or just looking for new digs for your dog, we found some of the best dog pens to make your life a little easier.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Product image of Iris 34-Inch Exercise 8-Panel Pet Playpen
Iris 34-Inch Exercise 8-Panel Pet Playpen

Much like a child’s playpen, the Iris dog pen is made of commercial-grade plastic with eight interlocking panels secured with full-length connecting rods. A hinged access door is closed by using double steel latches but may be short for some dogs as it sits at 15 by 20 inches. This dog pen is perfect if you’re looking to create dedicated personal space for your dog inside your home, though more rambunctious dogs and puppies might be able jiggle the lock open or move the pen around but many users find that the rubber feet help to deter that.

What’s nice about this pen is that you don’t need to use all pieces, meaning you could use one or just a couple of pieces to block off areas of your home just as easily as using the pen as a whole.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Convertible

Cons

  • Door is very small

  • One size only

Product image of MidWest Foldable Metal Dog Exercise Pen
MidWest Foldable Metal Dog Exercise Pen

Available in five different heights, MidWest’s dog pen offers 16 square feet of enclosed space. Eight ground anchors for outdoor use and four thumb-snaps are included and there’s no need for use of tools, making this foldable metal dog pen easy to assemble, and the manufacturer offers a one year warranty on this product.

The option for a built-in door also makes this dog pen accessible for multiple size dogs, making getting your dog in and out a breeze, no matter their size. While most people like this pen for a variety of uses, some do report having had sharp edges on their product so you should closely inspect before use with your dog.

Pros

  • Option for built-in door

  • Extra large

Cons

  • Some report sharp edges

Product image of FXW Outdoor Dog Playpen
FXW Outdoor Dog Playpen

The option to expand the FXW from eight to a whopping 16 panels makes this a great option for yards of any size, and the expandable 32- to 35-inch height makes this a great choice for both small and large dogs. Coated metal bar construction protects against rust due to outdoor elements and the heavy duty wire is chew-proof for even the most rambunctious puppies. Panels for this dog pen can be constructed in a variety of configurations and are easy to assemble and FXW includes ground stakes with metal rounded tops so that the pen stays sturdy and safe for your pet.

Like many traditional dog crates, the FXW dog pen folds down flat for storage when not in use.

Pros

  • Good for dogs of all sizes

  • Can adjust from 81 to 729 sq ft

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Product image of EliteField 2-Door Soft Pet Playpen
EliteField 2-Door Soft Pet Playpen

The EliteField soft playpen comes in a variety of colors and sizes, making it easy to pick the size that best suits your pooch. This one folds down from its full size into an easy-to-carry bag, making it a breeze to store or pack for a weekend trip. Outside pockets make it easy to store other pet accessories like poop bags or leashes for easy access and mesh windows ensure airflow no matter what the temperature may be outside. Locking zippers included in this soft dog pen are a plus and makes it so that your pet won’t succeed in any breakout attempts.

As pet parents, we love the fact that the EliteField pen includes a removable zip-off and washable floor mat and top cover, so there’s no need to worry about washing. We would choose this as more of an outdoor bedding option when camping opposed to a playpen. Due to the structure of this dog pen it may tip if dogs bump or lean against its walls. The EliteField includes a two-year warranty with purchase, which offers peace of mind on any adventure.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Compact for travel

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • May tip because it’s one piece

  • Some have had zipper issues

Product image of Lucky Dog Uptown Outdoor Dog Kennel Playpen
Lucky Dog Uptown Outdoor Dog Kennel Playpen

A great outdoor dog pen, the Lucky Dog offers a heavy-duty outdoor kennel with a UV-resistant, waterproof cover to protect your pooch from the elements. Weighing 103 pounds, this isn’t a compact kennel for travel but rather a permanent backyard option. Made of welded steel, the Uptown model has raised legs, making it easy to sweep or hose out, and the pitched roof ensures that debris won’t gather on top. Pre-assembled modular panels make assembly easy; they can be connected quickly with hand-tightening clamps. For safety as well as security, it is recommended that you anchor the dog pen in your yard, but anchors are not included here.

Whether you’re fostering and need a spot for quarantining or looking for a permanent backyard solution, the Lucky Dog Uptown Outdoor Dog Kennel is a great choice.

Pros

  • Heavy duty

  • Protective cover

Cons

  • No anchors included

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